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Big Ten Football Players of the Week

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Offensive Player of the Week

Taylor Martinez, Nebraska      

Jr., QB, Corona, Calif./Centennial

•             Accounted for 407 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to help Nebraska to a 29-28 road victory against Northwestern on Saturday

•             Engineered two fourth-quarter scoring drives, erasing a 12-point deficit and tying the largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history

•             Threw for 342 yards, the second-most of his career, and three touchdowns on 27 completions, adding 65 yards on the ground and a score

•             Wins his fourth career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award and third this season

•             Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Taylor Martinez (Oct. 1, 2012)

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Jordan Hill, Penn State      

Sr., DT, Steelton, Pa./Steelton-Highspire

•             Recorded a season-high nine tackles in Penn State's 38-14 victory at Iowa on Saturday

•             Credited with two tackles for loss, including one sack, and a quarterback hurry

•             Was part of the Penn State defense that held Iowa to 209 yards, including 20 yards on the ground and 2-for-12 on third down

•             Wins the first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award of his career

•             Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week:  Gerald Hodges (Oct. 8, 2012)

 

Special Teams Player of the Week

Brendan Gibbons, Michigan

Jr., K, West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman

•             Was a perfect three-for-three in field goal attempts against Michigan State, booting the game-winning field goal with five seconds remaining

•             Converted on attempts from 21, 24 and 38 yards, the latter of which clinched the 12-10 victory to help Michigan reclaim the Paul Bunyan Trophy

•             Has made seven consecutive field goal attempts and ranks eighth all-time in school history with 24 field goals

•             Wins his first Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award

•             Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Zoltan Mesko (Oct. 11, 2009)

 

Freshman of the Week

Kyle Carter, Penn State      

TE, Bear, Del./William Penn

•             Hauled in six catches, tying his career high, for a career-best 85 yards in his first start for Penn State

•             All six catches came in the first half, helping the Penn State offense score 24 unanswered points to begin the game

•             Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade

•             Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Deion Barnes (Sept. 17, 2012)